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[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"HORNSEA, a parish in the wapentake and liberty of Holderness; 12 miles from Beverley, 15 from Hedon, and 16 from Hull. There was formerly a market here weekly, but it has long been disused. The church is a large gothic structure (see Churches for photograph), dedicated to St Nicholas of which the King is the patron, and the Rev. Robert Croft vicar, the incumbent; there are likewise Calvinist and Methodist chapels, and a church school. Races are held here on a variable day between the 17th and 24th of July. Pop. with Burton 790

Hornsea, formerly 13 or 14 miles distant from the sea, now little more than a quarter, is famous for its Mere or Lake, the only one in the county, except Malham and Semer water; it covers from 4 to 500 acres of land, and abounds in pike, perch, carp, eels, &c. The exclusive property of this lake, is vested in the family of Constable, of Wassand, by a royal grant, as parcel of the manor of East Greenwich, in Kent, and forms a striking and beautiful scene from the grounds of that mansion, being interspersed with several woody islands, and animated with water fowl. It is situated on the west side of the town, from which it is not distant more that 100 yards.

The town of Hornsea is situated in a valley, having rising grounds on the north and the south. It consists of four straggling streets, and a market place of considerable breadth. It has of late become a fashionable watering place, and in which there are four inns, forty lodging houses, let annually for the accommodation of visitors. The church was formerly noted for its lofty spire or broach, which, was a well-known sea mark, till about the beginning of the last century, when it was blown down by a hurricane. The sea has made rapid encroachments on this part of the coast within these few years past."

"HORNSEA BURTON, 3 or 4 farm houses in the parish of Hornsea, wapentake and liberty of Holderness; ¾ mile S. of Hornsea. Population included with Hornsea."

[Description(s) edited mainly from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson. ©2010]






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  • The following places are within the boundaries of this (ancient) parish, but I have no further information on them other than the Ordnance Survey Landranger Grid reference shown:
    • (TA205466) Hornsea Burton